Press Release

Allegations against UNFPA staff member are unsubstantiated, independent investigation finds

10 August 2018

UNITED NATIONS, New York—Following allegations of sexual misconduct made by a former employee of a UNFPA contractor in Bihar, India, against the UNFPA Representative in India, the independent investigative body of UNFPA, the Office of Audit and Investigation Services (OAIS), carried out an investigation into the allegations.

The OAIS has concluded its investigation, which included an extensive review of information gathered through witness interviews and other sources. The OAIS has determined that the allegations are unsubstantiated. On that basis, the OAIS has closed the case. The Government of India and the relevant parties have been informed.

UNFPA has been cooperating, and will continue to cooperate, with the Government of India on this matter.

UNFPA has a policy of zero tolerance for sexual harassment and for sexual exploitation and abuse. Any allegation of misconduct, including misconduct of a sexual nature, against a UNFPA employee is taken seriously and as a matter of priority by the organization.

UNFPA has increased its capacities for investigating claims and has named a special coordinator for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment. All UNFPA staff and affiliated personnel must take part in mandatory online training on the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse to make them aware of the organization’s zero-tolerance policy. And at all times staff are expected to uphold the UN code of conduct. 

UNFPA remains committed to working with staff, all UN agencies and partners to put an end to such misconduct.

Further information is available at the UNFPA website: https://www.unfpa.org/protection-sexual-exploitation-and-abuse

Contact: Richard Kollodge, +1 212 297 4992, kollodge@unfpa.org